- Original title
- Running time
- 93 min.
Sergio Amidei, Adolfo Franci, Cesare Zavattini, Cesare Giulio Viola
Anchise Brizzi (B&W)
Drama | Neorealism. Childhood
- Rome, after WWII. At a track near the italian city, shoeshine boys are watching horses run. Two of the boys Pasquale, an orphan, and Giuseppe, his younger friend are riding. The pair have been saving to buy a horse of their own to ride... The boys meet Attilio, Giuse's much older brother, and his shady friend at a boat on the Tiber. In return for a commission, the boys agree to deliver black market goods to a fortune-teller. Once the woman has paid, Attilio's gang suddenly arrives. Pretending to be cops, they shake the woman down. With a payoff from Attilio, the boys are able to make the final payment and stable their horse in Trastevere over the river... The fortune-teller identifies Pasqua and Giuse. Held at an overcrowded boys' prison, they are separated.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Original Screenplay. Honorary Award to the italian high quality
1947: Award from Sindicato Nacional of periodistas italianos: Best Director (Vittorio of Sica)
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
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